12C/13C ratio in planetary nebulae from the IUE archives.
RUBIN R.H., FERLAND G.J., CHOLLET E.E. and HORSTMEYER R.
Abstract (from CDS):
We investigated the abundance ratio of 12C/13C in planetary nebulae by examining emission lines arising from C III 2s2p3P°2,1,0⟶2s21S0. Spectra were retrieved from the International Ultraviolet Explorer archives, and multiple spectra of the same object were co-added to achieve improved signal-to-noise ratio. The 13C hyperfine structure line at 1909.6 Å was detected in NGC 2440. The 12C/13C ratio was found to be ∼4.4±1.2. In all other objects, we provide an upper limit for the flux of the 1910 Å line. For 23 of these sources, a lower limit for the 12C/13C ratio was established. The impact on our current understanding of stellar evolution is discussed. The resulting high-signal-to-noise ratio C III spectrum helps constrain the atomic physics of the line formation process. Some objects have the measured 1907/1909 Å flux ratio outside the low-electron density theoretical limit for 12C. A mixture of 13C with 12C helps to close the gap somewhat. Nevertheless, some observed 1907/1909 Å flux ratios still appear too high to conform to the currently predicted limits. It is shown that this limit, as well as the 1910/1909 Å flux ratio, are predominantly influenced by using the standard partitioning among the collision strengths for the multiplet 1S0-3P°Jaccording to the statistical weights. A detailed calculation for the fine-structure collision strengths between these individual levels would be valuable.
Atomic Processes - ISM: Abundances - ISM: Planetary Nebulae: General - ISM: Planetary Nebulae: Individual: NGC Number: NGC 2440 - Stars: Abundances - Stars: AGB and Post-AGB